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February 17, 2016

Clinical and Holistic Approaches to Mental Health Treatment

The “Hopewell Model” has evolved over the past two decades, incorporating a comprehensive combination of clinical and holistic approaches. Individual and group psychotherapy and Psychiatry coverage have been increased. Respite care services have been added, and an Extended Stay Program has been formalized for residents living at Hopewell for more than three years. Services have increased for residents dealing with dual diagnoses of mental illness and alcohol/drug addiction. Hopewell utilizes an electronic health data management system, and recently formalized an assessment process tied to DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, published by the American Psychiatric Association).

Ever responsive to the residents’ needs, new programs have been introduced regularly, and staff receive appropriate training for each new program. Examples include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy especially helpful for trauma victims; art therapy; yoga; nature studies; and a food management training program; and a peer-led group training called “WRAP” (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). Most recently, Hopewell began to offer Sand Play Therapy on Sunday mornings. The program is part of a research project being conducted by Dr. Sana Loue, Hopewell’s research consultant from Case Western Reserve University.

Additionally, the residents themselves often create new programs. The Hopewell Band developed from Hopewell’s focus on music. The group has produced two CDs and frequently performs for the farm as well as at Hopewell’s annual benefit event. The Creative Writing Group encourages residents to express themselves through poetry, short stories or personal reflections. Often, their work is published in Hopewell’s quarterly newsletter which is mailed to families of current residents, former residents, donors and other friends.

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